verb (used with object), berated, berating.
to scold; rebuke: He berated them in public.

1540–50; be- + rate2

abuse, vilify, vituperate, objurgate. Unabridged
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berate (bɪˈreɪt)
(tr) to scold harshly

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Word Origin & History

1540s, from be- "thoroughly" + M.E. rate "to scold," from O.Fr. reter "accuse, blame," from L. reputare (see reputation). "Obsolete except in U.S." [OED 1st ed.], but it seems to have revived in Britain 20c.
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Example sentences
There he berated us for not taking cold fusion seriously enough.
He constantly berated us, his students, for taking him away from his research.
He has berated those who fail to see the danger as hopelessly naive.
Technical proposal swill berated either acceptable or unacceptable.
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